COHN: Jim Harbaugh spins fairy-tale yarn on PED use

  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


"Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you."

Who knew, big Jim Harbaugh is a spinner of fairy tales? God love him.

When did Jim Harbaugh tell a fairy tale?

He told a fairy tale on Tuesday.

What fairy tale did the 49ers' coach tell?

The 49ers' coach said his players are squeaky clean when it comes to taking performance-enhancing drugs. Harbaugh didn't merely say his players are clean. He announced it.

Let's listen to the 49ers' coach on illegal drugs:

"Has no place in an athlete's body. Play by the rules. And you always want to be above reproach. Especially when you're good, because you don't want people to come back and say, 'They're winning because they're cheating.' So, we want to be above reproach in everything, and do everything by the rules. Because if you cheat to win, then you've already lost."

As fairy tales go, this is right up there with the Brothers Grimm, especially that part about 49ers players being above reproach — although Harbaugh never actually said all his players are above reproach. He said he wants them to be.

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